Daily Archives: September 7, 2011

R.I.P. Project Gutenberg Founder Michael S. Hart

Obituary for Michael Stern Hart

Hart was best known for his 1971 invention of electronic books, or eBooks. He founded Project Gutenberg, which is recognized as one of the earliest and longest-lasting online literary projects. He often told this story of how he had the idea for eBooks. He had been granted access to significant computing power at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On July 4 1971, after being inspired by a free printed copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, he decided to type the text into a computer, and to transmit it to other users on the computer network. From this beginning, the digitization and distribution of literature was to be Hart’s life’s work, spanning over 40 years.

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Glamour Doesn’t Change The World

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Glamour Doesn’t Change The World

Keith Tantlinger, Builder of Cargo Container, Dies at 92

[W]ithout ever intending to, Mr. Tantlinger, an engineer who died at 92 on Aug. 27 and who had long worked out of the limelight, helped bring about the vast web of international trade that is a fact of 21st-century life. More than any other innovation, the modern shipping container — by turns venerated and castigated — is now acknowledged to have been the spark that touched off globalization.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
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Suits Lie, Bloggers Scream

Bloggers Don’t Follow the Script, to ConAgra’s Chagrin

ConAgra was about to learn that bloggers, who often see themselves as truth-seeking journalists…

You Suits don’t get it: Some of us do this because we’re so thoroughly sick of your bullshit!

ConAgra couldn’t even be straightforward with people! They had to use a lie and then continued deception — for their own end.

Man, even Apple had to back down from things.

So don’t think your damn Suit firm can get away with any shit.

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The Internet Always Wins. Always.

Would you be seen dead with a shopping computer?

I haven’t seen an authoritative figure of how much Android development is costing Google annually, but I have heard $3bn touted, which seems plausible. That’s a lot to pay to get beaten up. Now, some people pay money to dress in rubber and have the crap beaten out of them. But you must wonder how long Google wants to keep funding something more useful to others than itself.

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… I’m tickled how in less than a decade, so much orthodox new media business guru advice (“open platforms”… “new web business models”) has been unravelled.

“Unravelled” by whom?

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Beginning The Doom Endgame


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In Euro Zone, Banking Fear Feeds on Itself

German Court Gives MPs Bigger Say in Euro Bailouts

It’s not necessary to read the details. It’s a thoroughly rigged game that will make your head spin and your heart go into an arrhythmia if you try to get too close.

This is a game of Pass The Pain that’s been going on since 2008.

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